A Quiet Resource for 20 years: Rachel’s Box

Submitted by Nancy James for DVSN.org

Rachel's Box, stands ready to share information about domestic violence - Courtesy image
Rachel’s Box, stands ready to share information about domestic violence – Courtesy image

Originally sponsored by the Network for Women’s Lives, Rachel’s Box is an ongoing mission of the Domestic Violence Services Network (www.dvsn.org) .  Nancy James designed the Rachel’s Box Project in 1995 with support and assistance from the Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters; then-Chief of the Concord Police Leonard Wetherbee, who is acknowledged to have had one of the earliest understandings of the complex issues of domestic violence; Senator Pamela Resor, who gave her entire pay raise in the mid-1990’s to help fund the Rachel’s Box Project; and the Reverend Doctor John Lombard, whose church has hosted the first and every subsequent Rachel’s’ Box re-dedication.

Rachel’s Boxes have expanded their distribution from the original 20 sites to 50, now located throughout Boston’s western suburbs.   Law enforcement professionals acknowledge the enormous impact these quiet sentinels make in their communities.  Volunteers from domestic violence support networks help to keep the boxes stocked with current material.

Often cited as our nation’s number one public health issue, domestic violence has no economic, ethnic, or cultural barriers.  In Bedford, Rachel’s Boxes can be found in several churches, at the library and in the police station.

For more information, please contact Nancy James, npjames@npjames.com or 978-369-2771


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